Next Stimulus Might Bring Changes to Federal Education Aid

Next Stimulus Might Bring Changes to Federal Education Aid

July 30, 2020

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Michael Petrilli, in examining the developing conversation around additional K-12 stimulus funding for schools, argues that any federal investment should be distributed in a way that directly provides services to kids “most at risk of falling even further behind.” To do this, Petrilli outlines a few ways that Congress could guide funding to states, including using ESSA’s “direct student services” provision and urges education advocates to shift the frame of accountability conversations to “identifying and providing extra help to struggling students,” rather than struggling schools.